History of the zombie sub genre
The zombie sub genre has been around for a long time compared to other sub genres. One of the first zombie movies that was published is White zombie which was released in 1932 which is about a woman called Madeline who drank a potion which allowed her to be possessed and controlled. Another big and early zombie movie is Revenge of the zombies which was released in 1943 which was about a lifeless bodies that were removed right from the grave right after burial and turned into living mindless slaves obeying the bidding of a human master.
Quite awhile after these zombies films have came out, there were no more made and they started to die out. Until someone came along and would revolutionize the horror of the zombie sub genre. This is where the birth of the modern zombies films came from, it was written by a man called George Romero, which he created the zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" which made it in the theatres in 1968. A few years later in the 1970's this was when the zombie genre started to get growing pains, this is due to the fact that the film makers were not able to utilize the tool that had been thrown into the genre. They had a couple of attempts at making some films which were made in 1972 and were called "Children shouldn't play with Dead things" and "Garden of the Dead". In 1978 Romero gave the genre a much needed "fatherly" shove in the right direction with Dawn of the dead (1978). The first to gather an understanding of where the genre was going was Lucio Fulci who ended the decade with the release of Zombi 2 (1979, 1980 U.S.).
The list of movies adding to the Zombie Movie History from the 80s is long and includes many of the classics if the genre: Dead and Buried (1981), The Evil Dead (1982), Zombie Island Massacre (1984),Day of the dead(1985), The return of the living dead (1985), Night of the Creeps (1986), Evil dead 2(1987), The dead next door (1988).
Below: Timeline of seminal films